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12 students receive Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarships

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded approximately $20,000 in scholarships for the 2018 - 2019 school year to twelve Vermont students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.  

UVM Medical Center adds Evans and Hagan to Board

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center Board of Trustees has appointed two new members who will serve four-year terms – John N Evans, PhD, senior advisor to the president and provost of The University of Vermont and professor emeritus of The Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine; and Joseph F Hagan, Jr, MD, a clinical professor of pediatrics at the UVM Larner College of Medicine and UVM Children’s Hospital.

Governor says education bill lacks cost containment

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement on a proposal from the Legislature to add $60 million in new income taxes to pay for the Education Fund. The bill, H911, would trade off an income tax surcharge with lower property taxes. The governor for the last two years has been seeking cost reductions in public education as enrollments have fallen over the last decade. The bill is entitled, "An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system." H911 received preliminary approval in the House on Tuesday.

Condos to testify before US Senate regarding election security

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, March 21, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos will appear before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence representing the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) to testify on existing cyber security measures protecting elections, as well as the need for dedicated resources allocated by Congress to ensure the ongoing protection of our elections from foreign interference and other security risks.

Leahy bill would address school safety

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 7:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In an effort to address bullying in American schools, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn) and more than 30 other senators to introduce the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Their bill is aimed at ensuring that no child is afraid to go to school for fear of unchecked bullying and harassment. 

Leahy reintroduces bipartisan bill to combat youth homelessness

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) Monday reintroduced their bipartisan bill to curb youth homelessness and support young victims of trafficking.  The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA), which is also cosponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), would reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and continue authority for grants to communities across the nation to prevent and respond to youth and young adult homelessness.

Vermont kids to ‘Kick Butts’ on March 21, urge state to create first tobacco-free generation

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Kids in Vermont will unite against tobacco use on March 21 as they join thousands of young people nationwide to mark Kick Butts Day. More than 1,000 events are planned across the United States for this annual day of youth activism, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. (See below for a list of local events.) 

On Kick Butts Day, kids encourage their peers to be tobacco-free, reject tobacco companies’ devious marketing and urge elected officials to help make the next generation tobacco-free. 

Snelling Center accepting applications for Leadership Institute Class of 2019

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government is currently accepting applications to the Vermont Leadership Institute, Vermont’s premier civic leadership development program.   Since 1995, the Vermont Leadership Institute has been offering intensive programs for leaders in Vermont’s private, public and non-profit sectors. VLI graduates are making a difference in Vermont: leading innovative businesses, creating award-winning non-profits, serving in the legislature and state government, and volunteering in their communities.

House passes lead poisoning prevention bill

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 5:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The House today unanimously passed the Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill, H.736. “This bill is a win for our most vulnerable population of Vermonters, children,” said Representative Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington), chair of the House Committee on Human Services. “Lead poisoning is a serious health issue that affects children’s mental and physical growth and development.”

Legislation would extend assistance for farmers, veterans

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and John Boozman (R-Ark), members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced the Veteran and Beginning Farmers Technical Assistance Act. This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) program to continue educating farmers and ranchers on farming practices and assist veterans in becoming successful producers.

Scott reaffirms commitment that Vermonters don’t get higher taxes

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today sent a letter to the Legislature to work with his Administration in focusing on pro-growth policies, while ensuring Vermonters are not asked to pay more in taxes and fees. This letter reaffirms the commitment Scott made to prevent new state taxes and fees for the second straight year. Scott highlights more than a dozen existing bills that currently include new or higher taxes and fees and reiterates his opposition for those increases.